“Indiana Jones” Consultant and Tribal Archaeologist to Speak on the Kizh Nation and Their Heroine, the “Joan of Arc of California”

Published April 15, 2019

EVANSTON, Ill. — On April 27th at 2:00pm, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will host Dr. Gary Stickel for a lecture on the tribal recognition issues facing the Kizh Nation and their little-known heroine Toypurina, subject of the book “Toypurina: The Joan of Arc of California”. Admission to the event is $12 or $10 for Mitchell Museum members. Dr. Stickel was an archaeology consultant on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and is the Tribal Archaeologist for the Kizh Nation.

The Kizh/Gabrieleño are the state-recognized Indian Tribe of greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and the offshore islands including San Nicolas. San Nicolas island is well known from Scott O’Dell’s award winning children’s novel “Island of the Blue Dolphins’, based on a true story of a girl who spent eighteen years alone on the island. Several objects from the island are currently on display in the museum’s permanent exhibit.

As the tribal archaeologist for the Kizh Tribe, Dr. Gary Stickel co-authored Toypurina: The Joan of Arc of California with Tribal Secretary Dr. Christina Swindall. Toypurina, whose story is remarkably like Joan of Arc, is the only Native American woman to have led a revolt against foreign invading powers in American History.

The Mitchell Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, culture, and current events of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada. The Mitchell Museum won the top Superior award by the Illinois Association of Museums in 2017 and 2012, was named “Best Museum of the North Shore: Up and Comer” by Make It Better magazine in 2012, and was named a national finalist by the American Association of State and Local History award program.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org  or call 847-475-1030. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m.  to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children, and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal citizens.

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